The New England Patriots have been struggling on offense this season. Rumors suggest they may be in the trade market to give quarterback Cam Newton some more help as the Nov. 3 deadline nears, per Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.
Newton has reportedly been getting praise around the organization in his debut campaign for the Patriots. However, the limited options surrounding the former league MVP have become a constant problem for the New England offense. Newton can only do so much, though he has taken responsibility for some of the issues. The quarterback had a rough outing against the Denver Broncos in his return from a bout with COVID-19.
An anonymous scout defended the former No. 1 overall pick, stressing that Newton isn’t to blame for the Patriots’ struggles. Furthermore, another one suggested this has been one of their major concerns before and that 34-year-old wide receiver Julian Edelman isn’t going to cut it out for them given his decline on the field.
“It’s the same thing as it was before,” the scout said. “(Julian) Edelman is slowing down and isn’t going to give you the YAC like he could before. They don’t get anything out of their tight ends at all in the passing game, and they don’t do anything deep, because they can’t. The line is all over the place from a personnel standpoint. There’s only so much you can do with that cast of characters.”
Some names suggested are Adam Thielen of the Minnesota Vikings, Will Fuller of the Houston Texans, and Breshad Perriman of the New York Jets. Bill Belichick has been one of the more aggressive suitors in the trade market over the past years. Given New England’s underwhelming 2-3 start to the season, he will likely try to make another splash before Nov. 3.